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“To God Be the Glory through Jesus Christ”

(Romans 16:25-27)

I. Introduction.
A. Orientation.
1. We come this morning to the end of the letter to the Romans.
a. A letter that may easily be read in an hour, we have spent two and a quarter
years studying.
b. But hopefully we have found it a fruitful study and our lives more enriched
through its Gospel truths.
c. Romans is arguably the most important letter Paul wrote:
(i) It is his fullest explanation of the Gospel in the NT.
(ii) It certainly gives greater clarity to our relationship to Adam’s sin, to the
continuing struggle of the Christian between his old and new natures, and
to the relationship between faith and works.
(iii) It also outlines the relationship that exists between Jew and Gentile in
the body of Christ, as well as the future of the nation of Israel as a whole.

2. But having considered all these things, as well as some very good practical
application of the Gospel, Paul moves on to summarize the whole and direct it
all back to its point of origin: God.

B. Preview.
1. Our text contains one basic idea: That God alone is to receive all the glory,
forever.
a. Here is a wonderful example of how grammar helps us get to the root idea of
these verses.
b. Notice the structure:
a. It begins with, “Now to Him. . .”
b. This clause isn’t completed until the end of verse 27: “Be the glory
forever.”
c. Everything between, for the most part, modifies who this One is who is to
receive the glory and why:
(i) He is the One able to establish us by means of the Gospel, the
preaching of Christ, the mystery long hidden but now revealed and
preached to all nations by His commandment, bringing the obedience
of faith to the Jews and Gentiles.
(ii) He is the only wise God, who has shown us His wisdom in the way
He has done this.
(iii) He is the One who has glorified Himself and continues to do so only
through Jesus Christ.

2. Accordingly, this is what we want to look at this morning: that God alone is
worthy to receive the glory for our salvation forever.
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a. First, we will see that He is the God who is able to establish us through the
Gospel and has done so, if we are trusting in His Son this morning.
b. And secondly, because He has done this, He alone is to be glorified.

II. Sermon.
A. First, what is God alone able to do? He is able to establish us through the Gospel.
1. He is not only able to establish us – the only One who is able to do this – but He
has done this.
a. To establish means to make stable, strengthen, or make firm.
b. Before God’s mercy, we were just the opposite:
(i) We stood on the very unstable ground of our own righteousness.
(ii) We were sliding down the very steep hill of God’s judgment into the
abyss of His wrath.
(iii) We were quickly sinking in the quicksand of our own sins, heading for
everlasting destruction.
(iv) We were anything but stable.

c. But God provided mercy:


(i) He took us off of our uncertain footing, stopped our downward descent
towards hell, stooped down and rescued us and set our feet on the rock.
(ii) Now we are held by His hands; nothing can take us away from Him; He
has saved us.
(iii) He has also provided that we will never fall away from Him.
(iv) He has established us in safety and in righteousness: He has broken the
power of sin in our lives.

d. Of course, the Lord is the only One who could have done this.
(i) Our sins were against Him.
(ii) They were sins only He could overcome through infinite power and
mercy.
(iii) But He did, and we are safe.

2. The way He has done this is through the Gospel.


a. This, of course, is what the whole book of Romans is about.
b. Paul gives us several descriptions of it:
(i) He says it is “my gospel,” not in the sense that it comes from him, but
was entrusted to him.
(ii) It is the preaching of Jesus Christ: this is what the Gospel is – the
message of what God has done to save His people through His Son, Jesus
Christ.
(iii) It is the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long
ages past, but which now has been revealed:
(a) The Gospel was not a secret: it was revealed immediately after the
Fall in the promise of the coming Seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15).
(b) Salvation through a Redeemer was not a secret (Ibid.).
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(c) The fact that this Redeemer would be God’s Son was not a secret
(Psalm 2).
(d) Nor was salvation by grace through faith (Hab. 2:4).
(e) Nor was Gentile salvation a secret (Rom. 15:8-12).
(f) But that Jew and Gentiles would be gathered together in one body, into
one new man, was (Eph. 2:15; cf. 3:3).
(g) The mystery that the Jews would be hardened and that God would turn
primarily to the Gentiles was a mystery (Rom. 11:25).
(h) That He would use this to provoke Israel to receive her Savior was a
mystery.
(i) The Gospel was somewhat hidden through the types and shadows; in
that sense it was a mystery.
(j) That the Gospel would be preached worldwide and that countless
Gentiles would flood into the kingdom was also somewhat hidden.
(k) It remained a mystery to those whose eyes were blind, but not to the
eyes of faith.
(l) The eyes of faith see what God reveals.

(iv) This last meaning makes sense out of the last description of the Gospel:
“And by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of
the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to the
obedience of faith.”
(a) By means of the prophetic writings: as Paul pointed out in Romans
3:21, this Gospel has been witnessed by the Law and the Prophets.
(b) Paul used them to preach the Gospel.
(c) God gave the command that salvation be preached to all nations.
(d) And it has brought about the salvation of the Gentiles, the opening of
their eyes to the truth of God’s mystery, the leading them to the
obedience which faith brings.

(v) God is able to make His people stand strong through the Gospel, through
Jesus Christ.

3. The way He did this not only reveals God’s mercy, but also His wisdom.
a. That He could use man’s rebellion in this way for His glory.
b. That He could bring a salvation so complete and perfect that answers in every
way to man’s sin.
c. That He could overrule every one of man’s sinful actions to reveals what He
is like, shows His infinite wisdom.
d. God has established us in righteousness through His infinite wisdom through
the Gospel.

B. And this is, secondly, why we are to glorify God alone.


1. Obviously, the Gospel is meant to empty us of all our own righteousness and
give it all to God.
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a. God has worked salvation in such a way that it is not something we can earn:
it is a free gift.
b. Really, only God could have saved us; there was no other way.
c. Therefore, to Him alone belongs the glory, the credit, the honor, the thanks,
the praise.
d. And not just now, but forever – eternal blessings demand praise not only in
this life, but for eternity.

2. But again, Paul reminds us that if we are to give it rightly, we must give it
through Jesus Christ, our Mediator.
a. Jesus not only provides salvation through His life and death, He also provides
the way we must approach God.
b. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father,
but through Me” (John 14:6).
c. This is true not only in regard to salvation, but also in any other way we
might try to approach Him – even to give Him glory.
(i) To do it without Him would be to offer God our sacrifice of praise mixed
with sin.
(ii) Jesus must cleanse us and our offerings, before they will be acceptable to
Him.
(iii) We cannot even worship Him of give Him thanks without a Mediator.
(iv) But He has given us the only Mediator – the Lord Jesus Christ, God in
human flesh.
(v) God is worthy to receive all glory, honor and praise, but it must come
through the Savior, Jesus Christ.

III. By way of application, I would ask you two questions:


A. First, are you trusting in Jesus Christ alone this morning for your salvation?
1. He is the only way the Lord has provided.
a. Paul has spoken of many blessings in the book of Romans, but they only
come through Jesus Christ.
b. There is only one God, one salvation, one heaven, and only one Mediator
between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.
c. There is no other way.

2. Are you trusting in Him this morning?


a. If so, you have been established in Christ; you will not fall; you will not fail
to attain heaven.
b. But if not, turn from your sins and turn to the Savior; trust Him now.
c. If you will come to Him, He will never turn you away.
d. God is able to establish you in Christ, but you must turn to Him in faith.

B. Second, are you giving God alone the glory that is His due?
1. Do you give Him the glory for your salvation?
2. Do you give Him alone the glory of your life?
3. Are you seeking His glory alone in the things you do in life?
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4. Paul says, “Now to Him . . . be the glory forever.”


5. If you are His, you know He alone deserves it.
6. We have nothing He didn’t give us; He wants us to remember this.
7. Let’s bow and in our hearts renew our commitment to give Him all the glory
that is His.